As we begin a New Year, it is a time when we look at making those infamous New Years Resolutions – stop smoking, lose weight, get fitter etc, but how many of us start only to fall at the first hurdle? We start we good intentions and sometimes we manage a month or two. Other times, well, it’s the thought that counts.
Now I’m not here to tell you how to keep those resolutions going but ask you – When was the last time you took a day, an afternoon – even a couple of hours – to do something just for you?
A long walk. A warm bath. A coffee at a favourite café. Try something that you’ve always wanted to do.
It might feel indulgent and sometimes we can feel selfish when we do take time out for ourselves, but the truth is most of us don’t do this kind of thing nearly enough. There’s always something else more urgent. Work emails need answering. Clothes need washing. Children needing feeding. The bins to go out.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself – to slow down and check in with how you’re feeling. Maybe give yourself a break.
We know – this might sound like strange advice coming from us. After all, we’re usually more focused on the physical side of things. But as therapists we look at the holistic approach when working with our clients. How the mind effects the body. Physical and mental health are more closely related than people think. It’s no secret that exercise will boost your mood, improve your sleep and help relieve stress. But a positive outlook can boost your immunity, speed up recovery time from injury and keep your motivation for that all-important exercise high.
It’s important to take that holistic view of our own health – to see the different aspects of our lives as connected rather than as separate components. By taking the time to look after one area, you’re looking after the others too.
The opposite is also true. Ignore one area of your life and it can start to negatively impact all the other bits. Stress, for example has been shown to be a factor in more than 70% of diseases.
So with some restrictions still in place and the long winter nights and cold days (it’s snowing as I type!), we wanted to share a few of our favourite tips for looking after yourself over the next few months and beyond.
Starting tomorrow and for the rest of this month, we will be posting some information, including our free wellbeing resource guide which you can download, and you’ll learn, among other things:
- The experts’ tips for a great night’s sleep
- Why keeping a gratitude diary can benefit your health
- How to choose the alternative therapy that’s right for you
- What to eat to improve your mood (and immune system)
Based on the latest research into wellbeing and holistic health, these guides will provide you with practical steps you can take for a healthier, happier you.
As usual, if you have any concerns or questions on this topic, please feel free to get in contact with us either directly or through our website or social media channels. We’re here to help.